Instruction No. 25

OPERATION OF BUS SERVICE IN IMPORTANT
ROUTES WITH GREATER MANILA AS THE
POINT OF DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL

May 8, 1942

QUINTIN PAREDES, Esq.
Commissioner, Public Works and Communications
Manila

SIR:

You are hereby instructed to carry out, as soon as possible, the operation of bus service in important routes with Greater Manila as the points of departure and arrival in accordance with the program in the attached sheet.

Respectfully,

DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE JAPANESE
MILITARY ADMINISTRATION

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE OF OPERATION OF BUS SERVICES IN IMPORTANT ROUTES WITH GREATER MANILA AS THE POINT OF DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL.

With a view to contributing towards the restoration of peace and order as well as the normalization of industries within various provinces in the occupied area, the regular bus services will be commenced in accordance with the schedule of operation mentioned in the attached sheet and with the following arrangement:

1. Operating tines and frequency of the regular service to be commenced are, for the time being, as shown in the attached schedule of operation.

2. The Department of Public Works and Communications of the Executive Commission shall select, upon receipt of applications for permits to engage in the said regular bus service, the proper persons or companies and designate them as licensed operators in each particular line. Such persons or companies shall possess the following notifications:

(a) They shall be either trustworthy Japanese or Filipinos who have enough funds and experience to carry on bus transportation service.

(b) They shall be those persons or companies who were or have been engaged in the bus transportation service of the respective authorized lines. In this respect, however, the number of persons to be designated shall be as few as possible in consideration of the possible suspension of the lines in the future. In principle, one person or one company shall be designated for the operation of bus transportation service for each particular line.

3. The Department of Public Works and Communications shall prescribe the necessary rules and regulations concerning passenger fares and freight rates, in accordance with the instructions of the Japanese Military Administration, and each operator concerned shall notify such rules and regulations to the public.

4. All operators duly licensed in accordance with Item 2, above, shall be under obligation to give priority to the transportation of postal matters as well as to all official articles as may be designated by the Imperial Japanese Forces or by the Philippine Executive Commission, at moderate freight rates.

5. In granting licenses for the operation of bus transportation services, such licenses shall be issued subject to cancellation at any time by the Department of Public Works and Communications. Those bus lines which have been scheduled to run parallel with the railroad service shall be gradually discontinued upon the restoration of normal operation of the railroad service in Luzon.

6. Upon commencement of the regular bus transportation service covered by this program, all existing bus operators other than those who have been licensed by either the Japanese Military Administration or the Department of Public Works and Communications, shall be ordered to withdraw from their present service. However, those bus operators who have already obtained due approval from the Japanese Military Administration and have been engaged in the bus transportation service covering the same lines as scheduled in this program, shall adjust their transportation service as soon as possible.

7. Upon the enforcement of the scheduled services of the present plan, the number of temporary permits for motor vehicles issued by the Department of Public Works and Communications shall be decreased approximately by one-third.

8. The traffic regulations in the maintenance of peace and order shall, in general, be applicable to the regular bus transportation service.

9. The Instructions shall be given, later on, with reference to the other bus lines which are not specifically enumerated in the schedule of this program.

SCHEDULE OF OPERATION OF REGULAR BUS SERVICE

Routes No. of operation Kilometers Number of bus required
1. Manila-Baguio One round trip every other day 243 1
2. Manila-Dagupan do 212 1
3. Manila-Cabanatuan-Tarlac Two round trips each Tarlac day (Cabanatuan-Tarlac, one round trip each day) 189 3
4. Manila-Angat Two round trips each day 68 2
5. Manila-Montalban do 28 2
6. Manila-Malabon Three round trips each day 10 2
7. Manila-Antipolo Two round trips each day 28 2
8. Manila-Baras do 45 2
9. Manila-Taguig do 15 2
10. Manila-Lucena (San Pablo) One round trip each day 138 2
11. Manila-Lucena (Santa Cruz) One round trip each day 154 2
12. Manila-Batangas Two round trips each day 115 2
13.Manila-Tagaytay do 61 2
  Total number of buses required   25

NOTE:

1. The eleven (11) buses already licensed are included in this program.
2. Gasoline shall be used for buses operating in Manila-Baguio line.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library